Question Marks in the Place of Foreign Characters

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Post by Xander » September 1st, 2006, 8:08 am

Guys (and Girls),
I recently noticed that any character with an accent, tilde, dieresis, or any non-english accent has turned into a question mark when I browser the forums. Anyone have any suggestions? :hmm: I really enjoy looking over the foreign language topics and this gets in the way.

Here is a topic were I really have a problem:
http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3096

On other sites I can see the characters fine.
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Post by kri » September 1st, 2006, 8:14 am

I see the question marks too. Perhaps you don't have the character support for that language?

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Post by ezwa » September 1st, 2006, 8:17 am

Have had the same problem for a few days now.
I'm using Firefox. I go into View -> Character Encoding -> and choose Western (ISO 8859-1) instead of Unicode (UTF-8 ). And all the accents are back on the web page.

I don't know why I have to do it each and everytime. It won't stay that way.
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Post by Xander » September 1st, 2006, 8:18 am

kri wrote:Perhaps you don't have the character support for that language?
The thing that puzzles me is that on other sites it works just fine. And it also worked in the past on Librivox. It seems that it started a little over a week ago. I am puzzled. Could it be something with the forum software?? :?
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Post by ezwa » September 1st, 2006, 8:19 am

Xander wrote:The thing that puzzles me is that on other sites it works just fine. And it also worked in the past on Librivox. It seems that it started a little over a week ago. I am puzzled. Could it be something with the forum software??
Same here.

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Post by Xander » September 1st, 2006, 8:21 am

@ezwa I saw your post after I finished mine. That fixed it. Thanks so much!!! I post back if I have the problem with the setting not staying.

At least we are all using Firefox instead of that @#%$$@%!@#$ browser IE.
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Post by Xander » September 1st, 2006, 8:26 am

All I have to do is navigate to another page and then the Character Encoding is back to Unicode. Same as ezwa. Could a Firefox update have done this? Or could it be a specific setting or extension?
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Post by 12makoto » September 1st, 2006, 8:34 am

Xander, I have to use IE as work and often times view the forums here too. The special characters have looked funny in IE recently as well where they haven't before. Even dashes such as at the top of the forum after "Home Page" appears as a question mark. So, it's not a FF specific issue. The same fix works in IE, but like Ezwa says everytime I click on another link in the form even going between pages in a thread it resets the setting.

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Post by raezel » September 1st, 2006, 8:35 am

I have the same problem and it appeared just recently, and as far as I know I haven't done anything to my Firefox (home or work). Everytime I load librivox forum, it changes the character encoding to Unicode, even tho the html declarations at the start of the page (when viewing the source) state that it should be ISO-8859-1.

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Post by Xander » September 1st, 2006, 8:37 am

Could someone have recently updated phpBB and make a mistake somewhere?
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Post by fae » September 1st, 2006, 8:41 am

Xander wrote:At least we are all using Firefox instead of that @#%$$@%!@#$ browser IE.
Erm...I use IE.... :shock:

I noticed this too, and I just thought it was a problem with this site, it doesn't do it on any other sites I visit. And you're right it wasn't this way a week or so ago.

BTW, why is FireFox so much better?

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Post by Xander » September 1st, 2006, 8:46 am

fae wrote:BTW, why is FireFox so much better?
Extensions
No Active-Scripting (Thus Security)
Tabbed Browsing
Open Source
More Frequent Update Schedule
Standards Compliant
Privacy Protection
Integrated Pop-Up Blocking
...

Need I go on?

Always glad to let me enthusiasm for Firefox show through.:clap:
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Post by fae » September 1st, 2006, 8:56 am

Xander wrote:Need I go on?
Just once (for the moment :wink: )

I heard a rumor that it blocks spy-ware too.

True?

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Post by ZachBG » September 1st, 2006, 8:58 am

This has also been happening with Safari on Mac OS X. It definitely happened recently, and it's definitely only LibriVox. Who maintains the forum? It looks as though the character set encoding was changed recently (on the server side).
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Post by raynr » September 1st, 2006, 8:59 am

fae wrote:BTW, why is FireFox so much better?
Serious:
http://insanecats.com/firebird/

and funny:
http://www.killbillsbrowser.com/

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